Sydney to London on a105cc Honda callled Dot

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by nathanthepostman, May 4, 2009.

  1. Super Suz

    Super Suz N00b with B00b

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    Thanks to folks who came out to hear Nate. I showed up at 6 to make the dinner and then we waited to see if Nate was going to make it. Just as the meeting was getting started, he came through the door and we all cheered. He was trying to make it for 6 and got there at about 7:55. :lol3 When he talked about his trip, he said that the ride on that day was one of the hardest days because of all the traffic. Trying to avoid freeways and riding into the urban jungle from Big Sur took a bit longer than expected. :lol3

    He was starving and had been riding alllllll day at about 45 mph. So we fed him and gave him coffee and made him entertain us with his stories and POV's of his trip across the United States of America. It was great! We brought Dot in from the lot and he showed her off. The signature, basic plastic blue cup was still on the same hook and his sprocket from the last (the one that was all chewed up) was still attached to the bike like a reminding and endearing ornament.

    Petefromberkeley also offered to take him in and since he had the spare bedroom and a garage, Nate obliged. Pete knows just what Nate will need today and make sure he gets it. A shower, a good sleep-in, laundry and a garage to tinker in- probably in that order. And this is what he's doing today.

    I did video his talk and I'll see what I can do about posting it here.

    Thanks again for all who showed up and gave him a nice welcome to the end of his trip. We had a very good turn out from the San Francisco Motorcycle Club and Nate may go over to their club meeting tonight.

    If you are traveling around and want to stop by our club, please do! We meet every Weds night and we like guest visitors.
  2. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    Good to hear they got a good welcome:clap
  3. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    Awesome :clap

    I wish I could have been there...
  4. nathanthepostman

    nathanthepostman Been here awhile

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    Yep, we made it, having a great night at both Oakland and San Fran bike clubs. A big thank you to them.

    Might be heading up to Seattle in the short time I have left before flying back to England, but got to get Dot fixed up first. She's starting to sound like a tractor and the back wheel's a bit buckled. But I guess she's got almost 90,000 kilometres on the clock now, still on original piston, having covered 8000 kays on this American trip, or just under 5000 miles. So that's almost 30,000 miles in a combined time of ten months. So she's doing alright. Certainly been an adventure...

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    And that's having survived 120 degree heat through Death Valley...

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  5. Cariboostrom

    Cariboostrom Been here awhile

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    Congratulations. I never doubted you and Dot would make it. Love the pictures on Facebook, and especially the one of Dot and the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. What a journey, and what great astute observations of the USA and the people you've met along the way. Well done. You will no doubt find yourself at work very soon, and reminiscing about your amazing trip this summer. I've always found Americans to be very generous, and so glad you have a few extra dollars now to get Dot home. Do come back again next year with Dot and come up to British Columbia and the Yukon and see the Canadian Rockies! I wish I lived closer and I'd have come to see you in San Francisco! Seattle's closer, but not close enough for me to meet you. Give Dot a big pat on the tank and tell her well done from me!
    Danielle
  6. nicola_a

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    Congratulations Nate and definitely take up Danielle's recommendation of the Canadian Rockies if you end up in that part of the world again. Beautiful.
    Have a safe flight home and I hope both you and Dot get the TLC you deserve.
  7. mrprez

    mrprez KJ4WMZ

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    Nate, it sure was a treat to have had the opportunity to meet you and spend a short time talking to you. Glad to see you made it to the coast! We had lunch together in Sargents, CO where we had just repaired a flat tire on my DRZ.

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  8. Se7en

    Se7en Been here awhile

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    Hi Nate,

    I just finished your book last night, great stuff, I really enjoyed it.

    Doesn't look like your heading back to the east coast, but if you find yourself in the Boston area I would be happy to host.

    safe travels

    Matt
  9. Maritime Mike

    Maritime Mike Adventurer

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    You made me disappear from my present moment and into some future solo trip for a moment. You are an excellent writer and traveler. Thank you for the journey!
  10. mtnman

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    Huray! :clap Glad you made it across the States. It was great meeting you in Zion.
  11. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    "So why do we do it; to sight-see and send postcards? Nah. We’re escaping, running from something that in our minds make us go. Boredom, the routine of life, a relationship, an inadequacy, you can escape them all on the road. That is until you stop for a while and they quickly catch up. You will be sat, merry in the moment around a campfire or at a table having lunch, when WHAM, they come right back having pursued you all this way across the globe."


    Well written!
  12. Super Suz

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  13. RhinoVonHawkrider

    RhinoVonHawkrider Long timer

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    Super Suz thanks for sharing

    Nate see U in England in '15 for the Rugby World Cup. Ride down to the White Swan in Twickenham for a pint or 6:freaky
  14. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    See you were in Ride mag this month then Nathan with the pearls of wisdom for riding kit:D
  15. nathanthepostman

    nathanthepostman Been here awhile

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    I was indeed Mr Kwak.Actually, I didn't realise just how big a tw@t I looked until I saw the piece in print. Ah well...

    And there's an interview in MCN this week as well, with them burning out copies of my book for £9.99 inc p&p. UK only. Which is nice. Got to start writing second one as well, on America trip. With plan to return to Seattle - where Dot is - in the spring and make the push north to Alaska, as we originally set out to do this year.Then not sure what. But will make more effort to document it this time. Merry Christmas everyone...

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  16. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    Wouldnt say twat, its just what you find comfy
  17. OBIWAN

    OBIWAN Been here awhile

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    Nathan ,

    You are the coolest one of the bunch and I bet the "power ranger" guy you're next to has not been through all those "Stan" countries or the Himalayas on his bike.


    Arthur (Lucky peg # 121)
  18. MaineScoot

    MaineScoot Been here awhile

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    I just saw that Nathan is on a big metal bird heading back to his beloved Dot in Seattle. Planning on bringing her home. Go the Postman!
  19. nathanthepostman

    nathanthepostman Been here awhile

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    Hey guys, a while since I last checked in.

    Felt I just needed to update the blog report with a few more pics of the America trip as I never got round to it last year. I've not started a new ride report for it as I don't think I'll have the time to narrate, more a case of upload some pics. So here goes, starting in New York on what was a 6000 mile ride, in six weeks, from NY across to San Francisco and then up to Seattle. Same bike as Sydney to London. Still going strong, kind of... though currently having a new piston fitted.

    New York, landing early August...

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  20. sion

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    cool

    who's the babe in picture #5?